This summer at the Telluride Film Festival I had the pleasure of volunteering alongside film enthusiast, sportswriter/NBA encyclopedia, and, most importantly, concessions stand whiz Matt Moore (a member of ESPN’s True Hoop Network, whose writing you can read at his very own Hardwood Paroxysm, CBS Sports, NBA Fanhouse, and NBC’s ProBasketballTalk).
Because Matt helped me feel slightly less than completely hopeless about the Knicks’ future, I’m pleased to present his latest endeavor, the very cool Voice on the Floor. I’ll let Matt handle the introduction:
“Like most ideas that come from our brains, this one was largely an accident and not a very well conceived. At one point or another, Mahoney and I came to the conclusion that we wanted this new project, that we wanted it to be inclusive, and we wanted it to be new. What formed out of it was Voice on the Floor.
The idea? It’s an audio blog. Or a podcast. Or a podcast blog. Or something. The general concept that we’re striving for is “NPR for the NBA.” Or as one person tagged it, “This American NBA Life.” We didn’t want to do a normal podcast with two of us talking about stuff, we have those on Paroxysm and we’ll have them again. Instead what we wanted was an audio magazine, featuring two elements. An in-depth interview, my only content production of the project, and spoken-word essays, performed by both Mahoney and the wonderful talented people we’ve encountered in our time out here in the Wild, Wild West.
There will be one “issue” released every Wednesday, except for next Tuesday, where we celebrate the opening of the season.
So why are we doing this? Because we want to do something new. I want to work on being a great interviewer, and Mahoney likes the sound of his own voice.
Nothing changes at Paroxysm, this is just something else we’re doing, in addition to everything else we have going on (and we have a lot going on). But we’re exceptionally excited about the concept, and the content we’ll be bringing you in the next couple of months.
We’re also excited about improving our equipment, because right now, it sucks, and we know that. We hope you’ll stick with it like an early Black Keys album.
Our first issue?
Since looking back on the Wizards season, I wanted someone, anyone to touch on the monumental disaster that went down in the district last year. What resulted was a three-part interview. Kyle Weidie of TruthAboutIt.Net, Mike Prada of Bullets Forever, and Michael Lee of the Washington Post were kind enough to give me their time. In the end, we have an arc to look back at the most disastrous season in NBA History. Parts 1 and 2 are up now, Part 3 with Kyle will be up shortly.
Rob Mahoney kicks off his VOTF career with a narration of one of the most famous plays in history, Shaq’s legendary alley-oop from Kobe in the Conference Finals against the Blazers. It’s pure Mahoney, and it’s theater in its most basketballest form.
Our first guest is Matt from Blog-A-Bull, who finally puts to .mp3 all the problems he’s had with Bulls management over the years. It is a clear and concise picture of why exactly Bulls fans are so restless despite their recent fortune.
We’ll see how this project goes, and we have some big plans for guests. Next week’s season preview issue features Dave McMenamin of ESPNLA.com on the Lakers, John Karalis of RedsArmy.com on how the NBA’s gone soft, and Eddy Rivera with a piece entitled, “I Hope LeBron James Destroys Us All.”
Catch you next time on Voice on the Floor. Enjoy.
If you have feedback, suggestions, or want to contribute to VOTF, contact us at email@example.com”
Voice on the Floor is awesome, Matt is awesome, and you should follow both for your basketball needs.